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David Bird Bidding problems on page 1 of the pull-out at the centre of the magazine
1. N/S Game. Dealer West. Cup, contested last December. The four- club ace, Allfrey now judged well to jump
man Allfrey team (Robson, Bakhshi, to 6♦.
♠ Void ♠ Q842 Forrester) defeated Stevens, giving Tony At the other table the auction followed
♥ A 10 8 6 4 N ♥ 5 Forrester a remarkable ninth win in the the same path initially. Duncan Happer
♦ KQJ74 event. rebid 3♣ on the West cards but Ben Green
♣ K Q 10 4 3 ♣ A75 Aiming to describe his hand, usually a then preferred 3♠ (on his moderate
good idea, Andrew Robson rebid in clubs spades). A continuation of 4♦ – 5♣ – 6♣
West North East South rather than supporting diamonds imme- – 6♦ then produced the same happy
Robson Mason Allfrey Bowyer diately. Alexander Allfrey suggested 3NT result. A grand slam is not with the odds,
1♥ 1♠ 2♦ 2♠ and Robson then showed his diamond since a 4-1 break in either minor suit
3♣ Pass 3NT Pass support. Robson’s bidding confirmed might cause a problem.
4♦ Pass 6♦
what North-South had already suggested,
that he would hold at most one spade. s Awards: 6♦ (10); 6♣ (9); 7♦ (6); 7♣ (5);
The deal comes from the final of the Gold With his excellent trumps and the huge games (4).
2. Love All. Dealer East. trial that would determine the second doubled the previous cue-bid of 5♦!
USA team for the next Bermuda Bowl. Freeman, who had some reason to hope
Dick Freeman’s 2♥ response was forc- that East’s 2NT rebid included the ♣K,
♠ Void ♠ AJ543
♥ AKQJ985 N ♥ 32 ing to game and he could therefore bid then bid the grand slam.
♦ AQ just 3♥ at his next turn. (As I see it, this At the other table, Stansby and Martel
♣ AQ ♣ K986 rebid should be forcing even if the initial followed a similar auction up to 5♦. Eric
response does not force to game.) Rodwell (South) then introduced a diver-
West East What should East say next? With interest sion by doubling 5♦, even though he held
Freeman Nickell in a slam he might cue-bid 4♦. Nick a worthless hand and only J-x-x in the
1♠ Nickell was deterred from this action by his diamond suit. Martel redoubled, to show
poor trumps and bid just 4♥. Cue-bids of the ♦K and Stansby jumped to 6♥. It
5♣ 5♦ 5♣ and 5♦ followed. Freeman then sug- seems that Martel (West) had enough to
6♣ 6♦ gested a grand slam by bidding 6♣. bid 7♥ but he passed. Credit Rodwell for
7♥ Nickell had held back a bit so far and his imaginative move!
was now impressed by his good controls.
He made the clever bid of 6♦, treating his s Awards: 7NT/7♥ (10); 6NT/6♥ (5);
We move next to the final of the teams ♦Q as the ♦K because South had not games (2).
3. Game All. Dealer West. ly game? No, it was the Cavendish Pairs, but passed valuable extra information on
where all the competitors are auctioned the heart shortage.
♠ A K ♠ Q7432 before the play. Punters laid out more than Helness could expect to ditch his club
♥ A 10 9 3 N ♥ Q $1,100,000 in the hope that the pair they loser on partner’s spade suit. He therefore
♦ A Q 10 5 4 S
♦ K8762 bought would finish in a high position. bid RKCB to enquire about the trump
♣ A 10 ♣ 85 Geir Helgemo gave a positive response king. The 5♣ (14-30) response showed
on a relatively weak spade suit, a style that one key card and the brilliant Norwegians
West East he says has worked well over the years. reached the grand slam. Only three other
Since he is a current Bermuda Bowl pairs out of twenty-eight achieved this
3♦ 4♥ champion, we should listen to his words. feat and many stopped in game.
4NT 5♣ Tor Helness rebid 3♦ to show his dia-
7♦ mond suit and Helgemo might have set s Awards: 7♦ (10); 6♦ (6); 6NT (4);
the trump suit by raising to 4♦. No, he games (3).
This deal was played at the Green Valley found the very much better bid of 4♥.
Ranch in Las Vegas. A pre-barbecue friend- This splinter bid also agreed diamonds
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